"I hear of God speaking to men and women in the past, but, does He still speak today?" "How can I hear His voice?"
These questions echo a desire that many persons have today, to hear from God; to know what His will is for their lives. If they could only hear His voice and know what He has to say, it would bring them joy and peace.
In this Bible Study Lesson, we will look at the matter of how God speaks to us and how we can hear His voice today.
Hebrews 1:1, 2
"God . . . . spake in time past unto the ______________ by _______________, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His _______________, . . . ."
God revealed His will to His people through the prophets and apostles (whose writings we have in the Bible) and through His Son Jesus Christ. God has also made Himself known through na-ture—the things that are created (Romans 1:19, 20; Psalm 19:1-6).
"If there be a _______________ among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a ________________, and will speak unto him in a __________________".
God communicated His messages to the prophets through visions and dreams. The Holy Spirit inspired the prophets with the heavenly visions with the help of angels (see 2 Peter 1:19-21; Rev-elation 1:1-3).
2 Samuel 23:1, 2
“The ______________ of the LORD spake by ________, and his _____________ was in my tongue.”
The prophets and apostles were God’s messengers; the words that they spoke were to be accepted as the words of God (1 Thessalonians 2:13).
Jeremiah 30:1, 2
“The word that came to _________________ from the LORD, saying, thus speaketh the Lord God of Israel, saying, . . . . Write thee all the ______________ that I have spoken unto thee in a ____________ ”.
Some of the messages that the prophets and apostles received were written down in books or on whatever writing materials that were available in order to preserve them for other generations (see Romans 15:4). The compilation of the writings of the prophets is what makes up the Bible that we have today or the Holy Scriptures (see Luke 1:1-3; Luke 4:17; ; Revelation 1:18, 19).
2 Peter 1:20, 21
“Knowing this first, that no ______________ of the _____________ is of any ______________ interpretation. For the _____________ came not in old time by the will of __________: but _________ men of God spake as they were moved by the ___________ ___________.
A. John 20:30, 31
“...these are ___________ , that ye might _________that Jesus is the Christ, the _____________ ____ __________; and that believing ye might __________ ________through his name”.
B. 2 Timothy 3:16, 17
“All ________________ is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for ______________, for ________________, for ______________, for _____________ ____ _______________: That the man of God may be ______________, throughly furnished unto all ____________ ___________.”
C. Romans 15:4
“For whatsoever things were ______________aforetime, were written for ________ ______________, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have ___________.”
A. The Bible was not written merely to give knowledge about the past. It was written to tell us about Jesus and what He has done for us (in dying to take away our sins), so that we can believe in Him and be saved. Jesus is the central theme of the Bible (see John 5:39, 40).
B. The Bible was written to give us instructions in the way of righteousness.
C. The Bible was also written to give hope and comfort to those who seek to live a godly life. The past experiences of how God delivers His people and are faithful to His promises are written in the Bible to give hope to those who trust in Him today.
“These were more _________ than those in ______________, in that they received the word with all _____________ ____ ________, and searched the scriptures _______________, whether those things were so.”
The Scripture is to be studied diligently and often (daily) in order to get the full understanding of what it is saying. The Bible should be used as its own interpreter, in that Scripture should be used to explain Scripture (see Isaiah 28:10).
John 16:12, 13
“Howbeit when He, the __________ _____ _______, is come, he will ________ you into all _______________: for he shall not speak of himself;”
The Holy Spirit, who inspired the prophets is the One who is appointed to help us to understand what the prophets wrote. That is why prayer is such an important part of Bible study. For without the help of the Holy Spirit, there is little that we can understand of the Scriptures (see 1 Corinthians 2:13-15).
“Therefore whosoever _______________ these sayings of mine, and _______ ________ , I will liken him unto a ____________ , which built his house upon a ____________:”
James 1:21, 22
“. . . . .But be ye _____________ of the word, and not ____________ only, _______________ your own selves.”
To study the Scriptures without obeying it will not benefit us in any way. The most important part of Bible study is to obey what we understand from what God is saying to us. This is the only way to be “sanctified by the truth” (John 17:17).